plummeting polls on Obamacare. But that voter gloominess may be
impacting the President’s standing on other issues too.
President Obama’s personal parade… or drip, drip, drip like
political water torture.
A Pew Research poll out Friday has Obama’s job approval rating on
health care policy sliding downward ever since his second term began
(when it wasn’t that great to begin with): from 45-47 percent
approve/disapprove in January, to 41-53 in September, to 37-59 today.
The disastrous roll-out of Obamacare is to blame, of course. But that
voter gloominess may well be impacting the President’s political
report card in other areas as well.
Pew finds his overall approval rating down to 41-53, a virtual
reversal from January (52-40). On the economy, it’s down to 31-65
approve/disapprove; immigration 32/60; foreign policy 34/66. Only on
the threat of terrorism is Obama in positive territory (51-44).
“While Obama’s overall marks have changed little over the past month,
the 12-point difference between disapproval and approval is the
largest of his presidency,” Pew reports.
While Democrats are more likely to back the politically beleaguered
president (78 percent approval) and Republicans never liked him in the
first place (10 percent approval), the most troubling news for the
administration is among unaffiliated voters, Pew finds:
“Since December 2012, Obama has lost the most ground among
independents. Currently, only 32 percent of independents approve of
his job performance while 61 percent disapprove. In December, 53
percent approved and 39 percent disapproved.”
In his NBC News interview this week, the President joined the line of
administration officials personally apologizing for the major problems
Americans have had trying to sign up for health care insurance under
the Affordable Care Act.
Not surprisingly, “Sorry” is not enough for the GOP.
“This is what betrayal looks like,” says Rep. Todd Young (R) of
Indiana, Saturday’s designated political hitter.
“Here you have hardworking people who were repeatedly told not to
worry, that their coverage would stay the same and — if anything —
their costs would go down,” Rep. Young said in the Republican weekly
radio/Internet address. “Just the opposite is happening. Adding insult
to injury, the White House — the president — isn’t leveling with us.
He’s trying to cover his tracks, claiming he never really made these
Obama may take some small comfort from a USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll of
Californian voters out Saturday.
Fifty percent favor the Affordable Care Act, including 33 percent who
strongly favor it — which is better than the latest Real Clear
Politics polling average showing 51-42 percent disapproval.
But even those who support the Affordable Care Act had significant
concerns, including lost wages and higher out-of-pocket costs, the new
poll in California reports. More than 1 in 3 voters said they had
personally experienced losing health insurance coverage since the
passage of the health care law, either directly or through a family
member or close friend. More than half — 57 percent — of voters said
insurance premiums had increased for themselves or someone they know.
Another 24 percent of voters said they or someone they know had
experienced reduced wages due to the health care law.
“The problem from a political perspective is this is called the
Affordable Care Act, and voters say it’s not coming across as
affordable. That creates a concern about its credibility,” said David
Kanevsky, Research Director for Republican polling firm American
Viewpoint, which conducted the poll with Democratic polling firm
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of USC and the Los Angeles Times.
“If people think you broke the system, it’s very hard to make the
electoral argument to let you fix the system they think you broke.”